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Pronunciation: as-par′ă-gŭs

Definition: A genus of plants of the family Liliaceae. Asparagus officinalis is an edible vegetable, the rhizome and roots of which, together with the young edible shoots, were used as a diuretic.

[L. fr. G. asparagos]

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